Nigerians may have duped over 200 through WhatsApp messages
New Delhi: Through well-drafted messages, cheats are making money by duping people in the city.
The investigation in a recent case, busted by Delhi Police CyPAD unit, revealed that in a day, several messages were sent by foreign cheats to their targets. The probe has also revealed that the accused might have duped more than 200 persons.
Police sources told Millennium Post that they recovered WhatsApp chats from the mobile phones of three Nigerian nationals, who were arrested by the Cyber Crime Unit (CyPAD). Chats were related to serious love relationships, sending foreign currency.
Sources said that in one of the chats, the foreign national, who introduced himself as a woman to the victim, wrote that "she" wanted to marry in Indian culture and was interested in a serious relationship.
The accused also said that "she" was chatting from a foreign country and her mother is an Indian. Then there was an exchange of photographs where accused sent fake photographs of a beautiful girl.
After a week, another message came on victim's phone and this time the accused posed himself as embassy official asking to pay money for the parcel which has come from abroad. The victim thought that the woman had sent the gift for him.
Sources revealed that the fake embassy official in chat told the victim that parcel containing foreign currency 80,000 pounds was sent by them. But asked the victim to pay clearance. The cheats told the victim that if he converts the foreign currency, it will turn into more than Rs 40 lakh.
After making sure that the victim had fallen in the trap, the accused duped the person of money.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Anyesh Roy said that the accused persons had also created fake profiles (of the affluent foreigner or NRI men and women) on several matrimonial sites. They would contact the victim and induce them with a marriage proposal.